Fan Evens Score With Accused Scalper

It wasn't hard for the season-ticket holder to recognize the fakes

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010  |  Updated 6:40 AM PDT
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A Craigslist ticket scam targeted the wrong fan.

A 32-year-old teacher and her boyfriend -- a Boston College cop -- volunteered to go undercover and help police after she paid $1,400 for a package of fake NBA Finals tickets. The teacher, a Celtics season-ticket holder who spoke with the Boston Herald on condition of anonymity, determined the tickets were fake when she compared them with a set a real tickets she planned to exchange for seats closer to the court.

"That was two weeks worth of pay down the drain," the teacher told the Herald. "On a side-by-side comparison, you could tell they were fake."

She said the writing appeared blurry on the fake tickets and the colors were not the same.

Boston police said a Whittier man was arrested and charged in connection with the case. Edward Lopez, 42, was charged Monday in Boston Municipal Court with thre counts of larceny over $250 by scheme.

He pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $3,000.

Lopez was arrested Sunday after an undercover operation. Police had the woman contact the seller again.

The Herald reported that the woman's boyfriend posed as a fan in need of tickets and offered to meet for the transaction at a P.F. Chang's restaurant. The suspect, who called himself "Jason," was arrested.

Prosecutors said a Stoneham, Mass., man unrelated to the women told authorities Monday he had bought four fake tickets from Lopez for $2,100.
 

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